Akwa Ibom Govt To Revoke Road Contract Over Poor Drainage System
…Gives 30 Days Ultimatum
By Henshaw Nyong
The poor drainage system on the Phase 2 Ikot Ebiere – Ikot Edor – Ikot Akpabon Road in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has been described by as being below specific standards of quality.
Irked by the ugly situation, the State government has urged the contractor to cancel the entire drains done and restart it or risk the contract being revoked and re-awarded to another company.
The State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, expressed displeasure, Wednesday, when he paid an unscheduled inspection of the road project.
Accompanied by some engineers from the Works Ministry, Inyang-Eyen said he was not impressed with the quality of the side drains noting that the firm was not performing to expectations.
“The quality of the job, especially the side drains is not acceptable to the Akwa Ibom State government. I have just directed the site engineer to cancel the entire drainage done. Those drainages are not acceptable and would not be allowed in Akwa Ibom and if it is not corrected within thirty days, we would have no choice than to revoke that contract”, said the commissioner.
He further explained that, “certain standards have been set”, adding that “those standards must be maintained by whosoever that is constructing roads in the State. This administration is not willing to accept any low standard job by any contractor either in the rural area or at the urban centre”.
The Commissioner insisted that the poor drainage must be amended within thirty days, while his inspection team has to be invited by the contractor to assess the job before the embargo could be lifted.
Earlier, the team had supervised the demolition of structures to give way for a modern roundabout in Etinan main town, as part of the dualization of the Ikot Oku Ikono-Etinan road handled by the construction giants; Julius Berger. The roundabout is also the meeting point of the ongoing dualization of Etinan – NdonEyo road.
At the College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, the team inspected the ongoing construction of internal roads at institution even as the Commissioner lauded the contractor for a job well done.
At the Etinan – Eket Road, it was observed that the construction of side drains and asphalting had reached an advanced stage. The Works boss appreciated the contractors; CCECC for working according to specifications and considering high standards.
In Eket, the Commissioner used the occasion to remind the people, especially those hawking around the on-going site of the round-about on Atabong Road to relocate, saying “the State government would not allow any market to take place at that place” stressing that it would deface the Eket popular remodelling and beautification work.